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Morrisville State College to Offer Symposium: "Giving Voice to Vulnerable Populations"

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.Morrisville State College will host a symposium on Nov. 13 which will discuss ways to enfranchise vulnerable populations, including veterans, those afflicted with mental illness, poverty-stricken women and children.

The event, part of the college’s yearlong focus on “Making a Difference in the World” was planned by the college’s nursing bachelor degree program. It will feature presentations from area experts in several relevant topics, including social justice, advocacy and empowerment strategies.

“It is our hope that, through this symposium, attendees will gain a broader sense of the conditions that impose limitations on vulnerable populations to exercise their human strengths and abilities in pursuing the most basic of human rights,” Margaret Argentine, Ph.D., director of Morrisville State College’s bachelor degree program in nursing, said.

A light dinner, along with interactive displays of service learning projects from students enrolled in the nursing bachelor degree, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities on campus.

At 6 p.m., Diane Zigo, Ph.D., assistant professor of education at LeMoyne College, will provide the keynote address “The Voice of Social Justice to Eradicate Poverty and Illiteracy.” Other speakers will include Steve Darman, director of Social Science Associates, and Virginia Whitford, MSW, clinical supervisor for Kids Oneida, Inc.

The event is free and the public is welcome to attend. Registration is required. Those interested in attending may register at For more information about the symposium, contact Marilyn Caldwell, assistant professor of nursing at Morrisville State College, at

Additional support for the evening is provided by the Sheila Johnson Institute.

Morrisville State College’s nursing bachelor degree program provides students the opportunity to enhance their nursing practice in the areas of family and community nursing, advanced health assessment and health promotion, nursing theory and research, ethics, organizational communications, systems theory, and leadership and management. The program offers many courses in an online format in order to remain accessible to students who are employed on a part- or full-time basis.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college was the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.